Water & Land Solutions, L.L.C
7721 Six Forks Road
Raleigh, NC 27615
T: +1 (919) 614-5111
Water & Land Solutions, L.L.C
223 Elk Avenue, Suite 202A
PO Box 3001
Crested Butte, CO 81224
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6 1/2 N. State Street
Westerville, OH 43081
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PO Box 98116
Pittsburgh, PA 15227
T: +1 (304) 841-4531
Water & Land Solutions, L.L.C
151 Shepherd Road
Johnson City, TN 37601
T: +1 (423) 914-0460
Water & Land Solutions, L.L.C
6 Dula Springs Road
Weaverville, NC 28787
T: +1 (828) 493-3287
Water and Land Solutions, L.L.C.
1859 Summerville Avenue
Charleston, SC 29405
T: +1 (919) 522-9253
As Senior Project Manager, I am responsible for the execution of project development and fulfillment through regulatory coordination and technical expertise, as well as credit sales and tracking, and market research across WLS geographies and business lines.
I have worked in the environmental resources field for over 12 years with extensive experience in 401/404 water quality certification permitting, GIS, comprehensive environmental functional assessments, and surveying across the Northeast region. During the last eight years of my career, I have managed multiple small and large complex mitigation sites, managing the successful restoration of greater than 100 miles of stream and 50 acres of wetland in Pennsylvania alone.
I grew up in a small, rural town along the Allegheny River and surrounded by the Allegheny National Forest. If I wasn’t up on my family’s farm playing in the stacked bales of hay or collecting eggs from the chicken coop, you could almost certainly find me somewhere in the creek below our home. It’s probably then that my love for the outdoors developed, but my appreciation for our natural environment grew with my first internship. It was then I learned how important it is to protect and restore our natural environment, and also that I had no intentions of sitting at a desk behind a computer all day every day.
I earned my B.A. Degree in Environmental Geography and my M.S. Degree in Environmental Planning and GIS at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. When I’m not working, you’ll find me indulging in my passion for fitness and nutrition. I am a certified nutritional consultant and am studying to become a personal trainer. I most love spending time with my partner, Adam, and our miniature schnauzer, Perdy on the weekends.
For nearly two decades I have immersed myself in all parts of ecosystem restoration and compensatory mitigation. As a fluvial geomorphologist, I provide expertise in all aspects of WLS projects, including site search, feasibility, survey, planning, design, permitting, land acquisition and construction management. I have been fortunate enough to manage numerous large-scale restoration projects for a variety of clients throughout the United States and able to protect, design and restore over 90 miles of streams and 600 acres of wetlands. I still remain active in post-restoration monitoring and applied research efforts in order to seek improvements and refinements that lead to better overall function and value in WLS projects.
I grew up on a farm in Kentucky. My family traveled with their horses throughout Kentucky and its surrounding states. This is where I first fell in love with streams, landscapes and geology. I pursued my geologic passion with a B.S. in Geology from Northern Kentucky University and an M.S. in Fluvial Geomorphology from West Virginia University. Outside the office, I enjoy spending time outdoors with my wife and kids, seeing live music, coaching soccer, riding horses, hiking/backpacking, running and finding new interesting rocks!
I’ve managed and designed over 100 miles of stream and wetland restoration projects, drawing from more than 17 years of experience in fluvial geomorphology, ecosystem restoration design, construction management, and post-restoration monitoring.
Cost effective solutions for stream and wetland mitigation projects are a passion of mine. These have guided me towards the development of innovative technologies, and executing projects with higher quality and lower costs. I bring unique experience in three-dimensional design, machine control construction, LiDAR acquisition and aerial mapping, two-dimensional hydraulic modeling, and Clean Water Act permitting.
As a kayaker from Appalachia I followed my love of rivers by studying geology at West Virginia University. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in 2002, I quickly became an expert on the impacts of mining to surface and subsurface hydrology, and the restoration of active and abandoned mine lands. I moved to Tennessee in 2008 to practice ecosystem restoration with the Tennessee Stream Mitigation Program and the Department of Transportation. After five years I moved back to West Virginia as a Practice Lead of an ecosystem restoration team, implementing a 10,000-acre mitigation bank, a 17-mile large river restoration project, and many other restoration and mitigation projects.
I now reside in Colorado working nationwide to create mitigation projects for private and public development.
As the General Manager for South Carolina, I’m responsible for the development and implementation of mitigation projects. I have been involved with the South Carolina and Georgia mitigation banking industry for over 8 years and have worked on numerous permittee-responsible mitigation, single-user, and in-lieu fee mitigation projects.
I have broad experience in both conducting and managing wetland and waters delineations, stream geomorphology assessments, 404 permitting, and federal and state protected species surveys. Previously, I have worked on implementation and credit delivery associated with over 15 pending and approved mitigation banks.
My Bachelor of Science degree is in Environmental and Natural Resources from Clemson University. I am also a Professional Wetland Scientist certified by the Society of Wetland Scientists. I love finding the space where sound mitigation and business practices overlap with larger conservation goals.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time outside with my wife and three kids, watching Clemson football, and being on the water.
As VP of Mitigation Services for South Carolina, my focus is on managing the development and implementation of mitigation projects including collaboration between regulatory agencies, mitigation professionals, landowners, and conservation organizations. I have over 15 years of experience in the natural resource field in South Carolina and the southeast.
Since beginning my career, I have been directly involved with developing and implementing numerous full-delivery wetland and stream mitigation banks and permittee-responsible mitigation plans throughout South Carolina. My experiences lie in all aspects of the mitigation process, including site evaluation, mitigation plan development, data collection and mapping, document preparation, federal and state permitting, conservation easement transactions, construction oversight, and post-construction monitoring. This experience has allowed me to work across multiple disciplines, and to collaborate and create meaningful relationships with various stakeholders and ecosystem restoration professionals.
I received a Master of Science in Earth and Environmental Resources Management at the University of South Carolina, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Anderson University.
I’m passionate about collaborating with and creating meaningful relationships with, stakeholders and ecosystem restoration professionals to find creative solutions to complex challenges that achieve the best possible outcomes for the restored environments.
When I am not working, I enjoy being with my family and friends and running.
As General Manager for North Carolina, I utilize my 20+ years of mitigation experience to steer projects from inception to close-out while supporting and mentoring staff. I most enjoy working on the bookends of the typical project lifespan: site identification and formation, monitoring, and regulatory closeout.
After graduating from NCSU College of Natural Resources I fortuitously had the opportunity to work on large-scale wetland mitigation in coastal NC. A few years later I got my introduction to stream restoration through NCDOT and NCWRP. Since that time, I have developed, designed, built, monitored, and closed out a variety of mitigation banks, full delivery sites, and permittee responsible mitigation across the southeast. I learned the practice of restoration from many early leaders in the industry and I endeavor to develop the next generation of mitigation professionals.
My three kids and wife tolerate my devotion to my old boat. When not working I enjoy spending time on the water, camping/backpacking, and puttering around the house.
I have 20 years’ experience in environmental management, including 14 years working full-time in the mitigation and ecological restoration industry. I have developed and managed many wetlands, endangered species, stream, nutrient, and buffer mitigation projects in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Mississippi.
My experience includes working in wetland and stream mitigation, Section 404/401 permitting, environmental regulations affecting development and mitigation, land stewardship and conservation planning, real estate and conservation easement transactions, wetland and stream delineations and assessments, Endangered Species Act consultations, and GIS mapping.
I graduated with a Master of Science degree in Natural Resources from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. I also have a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from North Carolina State University. Currently, I serve on the executive committee for the South Carolina Mitigation Association.
I’m passionate about restoring and protecting our natural resources. I also enjoy growing and managing a business, so the mitigation industry is a natural fit for me. Every day I get to work on interesting and fulfilling projects while guiding and collaborating with an amazing team.
In my free time I enjoy hiking, working out, kayaking, playing guitar, and hanging out with my rescue lab mix, Bruce.
I serve as the business development director where my role is to research, analyze and identify key mitigation market opportunities for the company. I have worked in the mitigation industry for the past 20 years in the Florida, North Carolina, New Jersey, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina markets. Within my time in the mitigation industry, I have represented over 38 mitigation banks that include stream, wetland, buffer, nutrient, and habitat ecological offsets throughout the eastern portion of the United States, and one project in Texas.
My experience includes working with private, public, and non-governmental organizations.
After 10 years in the Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) industry helping distressed projects reposition themselves, and two years at a marketing firm, I was introduced to mitigation banking in Southwest Florida. That’s when my mitigation education started. In 2003, the industry was only eight years old. If there was a need, and sound science could be applied, everything was possible if you could see the potential. It’s a little more complicated and a lot more competitive now, but that is what makes it fun.
What continues to make this industry exciting to me is being able to apply my experience towards problem solving in an industry that has a purpose to preserve and restore important aquatic resources and endangered species habitat. Through my years of involvement with regulatory agencies, clients, and the mitigation banking industry, I have been involved with many projects that were the first of its kind, and now are the standard industry practice. I believe there is still so much more we can accomplish.
I received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Louisville. My wife and I enjoy camping with our three Labrador Retrievers in the NC mountains and spending time with our three adult children. My sports passion is professional football (soccer).
I work as a staff accountant for WLS, where I manage many of the company’s day-to-day finance and accounting operations. I have over 25 years’ experience in accounting, predominantly in the professional services industry, including 20 years with one of the world’s largest staffing and recruitment firms. I love doing my job because it supports an environmentally impactful company with efficient processes that save time and money.
Throughout my career, I have planned, designed, and managed a number of successful accounting systems projects. My background and expertise in job costing, financial systems, and financial analysis help support the company’s growing project accounting needs.
I love cooking Mediterranean dishes, spending time with my amazing family and pets, and taking in beautiful sites on rail-trails while walking or e-biking.
I’ve spent the last 16 years of my career in the mitigation banking industry, helping plan, implement and manage finances for hundreds of projects up and down the East Coast.
As a former CFO for multiple mitigation organizations, I specialize in modeling for prospective opportunities, managing finances for active projects, and providing decision support for upper management. I have a passion for designing and building mitigation-centric financial models, reports and information management systems to help support the day-to-day decision making needs of other WLS team members.
I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in both Finance and Accounting from Towson University. I am also a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Maryland. I reside in the Pretty Boy Reservoir watershed in northern Maryland with my wife and two cats. When not at work I enjoy hiking, gardening, landscaping, live music and tinkering with all things electronic.
I am an environmental scientist at WLS. I manage the production of environmental assessments as well as conducting and overseeing mitigation related field work including stream design in North Carolina and Virginia. I have worked in the natural resources field since 2014 and has extensive field experience in stream and wetland restoration projects in Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
I have overseen mitigation bank construction and worked extensively with the regulatory community performing wetland delineations and jurisdictional determinations. I am also experienced with ARC GIS mapping and stream design work in Civil 3D.
I have a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina, and am certified in Rosgen Level One and Level Two. I currently serve on the Ducks Unlimited Volunteer Board.
I have spent my whole life enjoying the outdoors, from growing up in the low country to traveling all around the southeast on outdoor adventures. Since discovering environmental work in college, it has been my passion to work hard to create spaces and natural habitat for future generations to enjoy. If I am not working, I enjoy spending time on the water, fishing, surfing and being with my chocolate Lab, Otis.
After working in the real estate industry, I joined Palustrine Group (acquired by Water and Land Solutions in May 2022) in September of 2020. As the sales administrator, I manage all aspects of credits sales, including credit ledger recordation, credit sales and regulatory documentation and reporting. I assist in proposal coordination, marketing needs and social media management. Being able to be part of restoring the environment for future generations to enjoy is one of things I love most about my position.
I have always had a love for nature and the outdoors. The mountains and lakes that create a beautiful landscape have always been my favorite to see and visit. A setting sun across a lake in the summer is a hard sight to beat.
I grew up in southern Florida and while the beaches are beautiful, North Carolina is where I call home. I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2015 with a bachelor’s in criminal justice. I enjoy spending time outdoors, cooking, and cheering on my favorite team, the UGA Bulldogs.
I am an environmental scientist for WLS and responsible for environmental assessments and overseeing mitigation-related field work. I assist with design plan review and construction oversight, as well as environmental permitting and compliance.
I am also experienced with ARC GIS mapping and stream design work using Civil 3D and RiverMORPH.
As well as having received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology, I am certified in Rosgen Level One.
I love my job because of the impact our projects have on creating a more environmentally sustainable future for present and future generations. When I’m not working my biggest passions are fly-fishing, cold-water streams, and playing golf.
I am passionate about land protection and ecological restoration. My role as senior mitigation strategist permits me to assist in developing and implementing strategies for mitigation that result in conservation at a landscape scale. I’ve worked in the natural resource arena for 44 years, including more than 28 years’ experience working with regulatory and resource agencies in the successful delivery of individual permits, mitigation banks and permittee-responsible mitigation in South Carolina. These have included significant economic development, port, and linear transportation projects. Collectively, I’ve been involved in the protection of over 180,000 acres through mitigation, fee-title acquisition, or voluntary conservation easements. I serve on the Board of Lowcountry Land Trust and work with every land trust operating in South Carolina.
I formerly served as director of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Office of Environmental Programs, providing oversight of the agency environmental review and comment on permit and license applications involving action by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control. I was the DNR Board’s Parliamentarian, co-chaired the DNR Climate Change Impacts Technical Working Group and chaired the S.C. Geological Survey State-Map Committee, of which I remain a committee member.
I earned a Master of Science in Wildlife Biology from Clemson University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of South Carolina. I’ve authored and co-authored numerous peer reviewed publications and delivered dozens of oral presentations related to the importance of wetland habitats and science-based strategies for restoring, enhancing, managing, and protecting wetlands and related natural resources.
In my spare time, I’m equally passionate about hunting, fishing, other outdoor recreation and cooking!
We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve joined forces with the team from Palustrine Group. Having this incredible group of people on our team means that we’ll have more resources and skills to get our clients the permits they need and achieve successful ecological outcomes.
I first started working at WLS in 2015 as a Project Scientist focusing on stream, wetland, and habitat restoration, conservation and stewardship. In 2020, I moved into my current role as a Project Manager. As a project manager, I am involved in and manage all aspects of our mitigation banks as well as Full-Delivery projects with the NC Division of Mitigation Services. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science with a concentration in Hydrology, and a double minor in Geology and Geography from the University of Delaware. In 2019, I completed my Masters of Natural Resources, Assessment and Analysis at North Carolina State University.
While at WLS, I have been a part of the implementation of 5 key projects in the Neuse River watershed. These 5 mitigation sites have an extensive footprint which will provide maximum ecological uplift and water quality benefits to over 22,000 linear feet of stream and 18.69 acres of wetlands. It is exciting to be involved in these 5 projects that are protecting and improving water quality in a rapidly growing area just outside of downtown Raleigh.
My passion for the outdoors and protecting water quality began as a child from summers spent on the Cowpasture River with my family. I am a current board member of the Cowpasture River Preservation Association. I am dedicated to improving the health our watersheds as well as educating the public in the value of natural resources. I feel it is important that we leave the environment better than we found it for future generations to enjoy. When not at work I enjoy kayaking, hiking, exploring downtown Raleigh and being in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
I have the privilege of living along the banks of the mighty Tygart River in West Virginia. I enjoy being outdoors for work and play, and some of the best times have been whitewater rafting with friends and family. My love of rivers has been the guiding force of my life and career, and I joined WLS because of the trust and respect I have for the people here.
I’ve spent the last decade developing my expertise in ecosystem restoration by being out in the field – surveying, overseeing stream construction, and monitoring projects. When I’m not working outdoors, I’m working indoors – analyzing field data and compiling results, developing stream and wetland designs, and creating the drawings and reports that bring it all together.
I like puzzles and I like solving problems, and I get the most professional satisfaction from looking back at a job well done and planning ahead to do the next one better.
As Land Manager, I have the privilege of bringing together land owners and our environmental specialists. Together we build lasting bonds and strong working relationships for the betterment of our natural resources. With over 15 years of experience in land and resource management, I facilitate project execution and maximize beneficial outcomes for everyone involved.
I’m a native of South Louisiana, where I was fortunate to grow up in one of the United States’ largest wetlands. I loved spending time hunting, fishing and generally being mischievous exploring the rivers and marshes of my home. These childhood experiences ingrained in me a deeply conservationist mindset. I’m proud to be part of the WLS team and look forward to the growth and opportunity that is undeniably in WLS’ future.
I am still an avid explorer, and never pass up an opportunity to take my family on a new adventure. My passion and appreciation for preserving our natural resources is driven by the knowledge that the work I do at Water and Land Solutions helps to ensure a better future for my children, and future generations to come.
My love for the environment reaches back to my childhood, where I roamed the forests and farms surrounding my home in Hickory, NC. I attended UNC-Chapel Hill and received a B.Sc in Environmental Science with a minor in Biology, concentrating in ecology and natural resources.
I’ve formerly worked for the North Carolina Botanical Garden, NC Wildlife Resources Commission, and Triangle Land Conservancy. In my previous roles, I worked alongside scientists and landowners to manage land, inventory plant and animal species, and ensure the understanding of conservation agreements. I enjoy working with landowners to discover the natural wonders on their own properties. I’m excited to bring my passion for restoration and conservation to WLS.
When I’m not working, I play soccer, go hiking, or curl up with my pets and a good book.
I joined WLS with 15 years of experience in drafting and design. As a CAD analyst with WLS, I help create and manage CAD templates, refine design drawings , process and manage field-collected data for topographic surveys and base mapping, and create and manage plan sets for complex projects.
I enjoy being a part of the WLS team and working to improve the environment for the future. My love for the outdoors started as a young kid when I was in the Scouts. I have a passion for being a good steward of the outdoors and I wish to teach my son the same. Out of the office I enjoy hiking, cycling, camping, and fishing with my wife and son.
I am a water resources engineer with a diverse experience of research and application to restoration ecology. My expertise is in the fields of open channel hydraulics and sediment transport, and my skills include geomorphic assessments, 2D hydraulic modeling, 3D restoration design, sediment transport modeling, construction over site, and property assessment. I have managed and designed dozens of miles of stream restoration projects from the Piedmont of South Carolina to the Ridge and Valley province of Pennsylvania out to California. As a senior project manager, I design, model, and help Water and Land Solutions implement projects across the United States.
I grew up in East Tennessee fishing, hiking, riding horses, and enjoying the diverse outdoor activities that are available in this area. I completed my undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering at Tennessee Technological University where my passion for outdoors grew and my interest in ecosystem restoration began.
I graduated with a Masters and PHD in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky where my research focused on watershed sensor networks, turbulence in open channels, and sediment transport. My professional restoration career began with the Bureau of Reclamation working on gravel bedded salmonid streams in the mountainous region of Northern California. On the Trinity River Restoration Project, I designed and monitored gravel augmentations, mechanical restoration, and I helped develop restoration flow releases from Lewiston Dam.
I currently live on a sustainable homestead farm near Johnson City Tennessee and am a member of the Carter County Cattlemen’s Association. In my free time I enjoy gardening, walking the dogs, shed hunting, fishing, backpacking, and visiting friends and family. If my phone goes directly to voicemail I am likely working on a remote restoration project or out enjoying the wilderness away from cell phone service. In both my personal and professional live I am living the dream and trying to make the world a better place.
I am a restoration design engineer (and a professional engineer in North Carolina) with experience in environmental engineering.
Ever since I was little, I’ve dreamed of doing work that allows me to play in the many streams of North Carolina and beyond. Some of my favorite childhood memories are of camping, hiking, and exploring creeks with my sister. At Water and Land Solutions, I can help ensure that future generations are able to enjoy wild and scenic streams like I did as a youngster!
My background includes environmental remediation consulting across the southeast, and working with private agricultural landowners in western North Carolina. Throughout my career, my favorite projects have always involved water in some form. A field project that I loved was leading a tracer dye pilot study to determine if a full-scale remediation system was a viable option. We wanted to remediate contaminated groundwater beneath an active industrial plant. Two other interesting projects were excavating and restoring a lead- and arsenic-contaminated stream and floodplain, and leading multiple in-situ injection remediation field events of molasses and emulsified vegetable oil to enhance the degradation of VOCs.
I studied Ecological Engineering in the Bio&Ag Engineering department at NC State University and earned a minor in music performance. When I’m not at work, you will likely find me whitewater kayaking, playing my trumpet, geocaching, or adventuring with my cat, Emmy, who likes to hike, camp, kayak, and bike.
I joined WLS as a Field Ecologist in 2019 with 5 years of experience in environmental restoration. I hold a Master’s of Science in Biology with an emphasis in Natural Resources Management from Grand Valley State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology with an Organismal and Evolutionary concentration from the University of Tampa.
I am passionate about our natural world and love being able to work to restore areas that have been degraded due to human impacts. With WLS, I monitor our project sites pre-and post- construction, collecting data on stream/wetland stability, vegetation, and hydrology.
I live in Raleigh and when I’m not working I enjoy kayaking, hiking, and watching movies.
As the Ecological Markets Director, I am responsible for multiple business functions, including client development and fulfillment across all of our geographies and business lines, leading marketing and credit sales programs, supervising and executing projects, and conducting market research.
I have worked in the natural resources field for over 18 years leading business and client development, writing and reviewing mitigation plans and permit applications, and conducting wetland delineations and botanical and wildlife surveys throughout the United States. Prior to joining WLS, I worked in the public sector as a state regulator. I held positions in the private sector ranging from a field biologist and permitting specialist to an assistant director of markets. I have BS in Marine Biology and Environmental Science with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Tampa, and an MS in Biological Oceanography from the Florida Institute of Technology.
My passion for ecology and the environment began as child. I explored the hills of Fayette County, Pennsylvania, and became captivated by nature-related documentaries and programs. I have always felt a special connection with nature and enjoy teaching about the marvels and complexities of ecosystems.
I reside in southwestern Pennsylvania with my husband, dogs, and cat. I love the outdoors and nature. On any weekend, you will find us at one of the local downhill bike parks or BMX tracks. When not biking, my husband and I are enjoying our property – hiking, botanizing and mushroom hunting.
Rosgen IV Trained
Registered Engineer in NC, TN, SC, VA, TX, WV, PA, and IN
I’ve spent my entire life living and breathing the outdoors. I am happiest when I find myself in the woods or flipping rocks in a stream looking for life. I bring all this passion and love for the natural world to my work at WLS.
As an ecologically-minded engineer, I have over 14 years of experience focusing on environmental restoration and natural system processes. My areas of expertise include stream and wetland restoration, mitigation/nutrient banking, geomorphic/stream assessments, innovative best management practices (BMP), hydrologic/hydraulic modeling, business development, construction management, field surveying, Civil 3D, and ArcGIS. This experience has been instrumental in developing a multitude of projects at Water and Land Solutions including the Scarborough Wetland and Stream Mitigation Bank, Banner Branch Stream and Wetland Restoration Project, and the Horne Creek Stream Restoration Project. As part of my mission in life and at WLS, I try to share my experience and knowledge with other people to empower them so that they may help protect and transform our environment in the future.
I grew up in central Ohio but call the mountains of western North Carolina my home. I received my Bachelors and Masters of Science in Civil Engineering from Ohio State University.
In my spare time I helped co-found Connect Reems Creek, a Weaverville based non-profit organization committed to connecting the Reems Creek Valley to the French Broad river with a greenway. My wife and I have also started a certified organic farm (Wishstix Farm, LLC) on our 25 acres in Weaverville. I love spending time with my wife and two boys fishing, snowboarding, mountain biking, goofing off, and running around the woods.
For the past twenty years, I have been involved in many aspects of ecosystem restoration and mitigation banking such as site development, stormwater management, regulatory policy and permitting, land acquisition, conservation planning and performance monitoring. Throughout my career, I have gained valuable project implementation experience and understand how to navigate the technical complexity and financial challenges for achieving long-term success.
As practitioners at WLS, we put emphasis on improving water quality and ecological functions through an innovative and collaborative design philosophy. I have been fortunate to work with multiple disciplines, stakeholders and environmental regulators across the country. Forging meaningful relationships with these people has helped develop technical guidelines for the ecosystem restoration industry and provide a standard of care in everything we do, especially when integrating principles of fluvial geomorphology and biological diversity.
I am originally from Chicago, Illinois and hold a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Northern Michigan University. Growing up in the Great Lakes region and surrounded by water and development, my passion for the outdoors and protecting our natural resources started at an early age. I currently serve as an active board member with the North Carolina Environmental Restoration Association (NCERA) and a member of the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER). I live in Wake Forest, NC, with my wife and two daughters and enjoy spending time outdoors from the mountains to the coast.
As Founder and CEO of WLS, I provide leadership and guidance within all aspects of WLS. Since the late 1990s, I’ve worked in all facets of the mitigation industry including land acquisition, project design, construction, data collection, and monitoring. I have been fortunate to help positively shape the mitigation industry across the U.S. through the implementation of new technologies, project approaches, restoration policies, and public education.
My passion lies in industry education. I enjoy teaching people about the value of our natural resources and the forever-benefits of long-term protection. Unlike any other industry, environmental restoration through mitigation provides permanent improvement and protection to our land and water resources. This is powerful and exciting, and it’s why I’m so encouraged about what our industry can accomplish.
I am a Restoration Designer at WLS and have been primarily involved with modeling, stream design, and construction administration since joining the team in 2019 after graduating at NC State. While working towards my degree in Environmental Engineering I was a part of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers as well as Engineer’s Without Borders, which allowed me to grow my engineering experience and help empower communities abroad. I also worked as a Research Assistant during my final year performing stream surveys, collecting data, and assisting with SQT analysis.
Prior to joining WLS I gained a combination of consulting and contracting experience at a few different internships and picked up a variety of tasks. These tasks ranged from assisting with stormwater drainage design on roadway projects, overseeing safety and environmental compliance during live transmission line replacement, to estimating construction quantities for a wastewater treatment facility renovation project. While not all my previous experience was directly related to stream restoration, it gave me the building blocks to be able to contribute to WLS and do my part in helping mitigate stream and wetland impacts.
During my time at WLS I aim to contribute to our projects in any way that I can to see through projects from start to finish. I enjoy having the opportunity to be in the field to collect data just as much as being able to crunch numbers to see the design come together. My passion for the environment stems from the time I’ve spent in the mountains with my family and I’ve been excited to be able to turn my passion into a career! Some things I enjoy doing outside of my work time include skiing, backpacking, and brewing.
Maps are the name of my game. My previous GIS experience consisted of data management, field data collection, spatial analysis, floodplain mapping and map production. Here at WLS, I get to utilize those skills on projects that restore and enhance our environment. Each project we have is unique – from the client to the ecosystem. I appreciate how we get to collaborate and create the best approach for each opportunity.
My passion for the environment stretches back as far as I can remember. From camping, to spending time in parks, I’ve always enjoyed being out and about. I grew up here in Raleigh and studied Geography and Geology at Appalachian State University. In my free time, you might catch me mountain biking, running, playing soccer or enjoying music.
A native of the Outer Banks, I moved to Raleigh in April of 2020 to join the WLS Team. As the Mitigation Coordinator, I help oversee credit sales and assist with office administrative tasks. Transitioning into a new industry, and moving to a new location, I appreciate the support and knowledge that my coworkers continue to provide. I love the passion that all of us here at WLS have for restoring the environment for future generations.
My love for the great outdoors started at a young age. I was very lucky to have grown up in an area where the beach and a boat ride were easily accessible. But I often enjoyed trips to Mount Airy to visit family more. It is hard to beat the beautiful landscape views that the inland areas have to offer.
I graduated from Barton College in 2013 and while I will always be a Bulldog fan, I do go against the grain in the office and pull for the Tar Heels. Outside of the office, I enjoy propagating my philodendrons, painting with acrylics, and working to improve my golf game.
I joined WLS in June of 2019 at a Project Ecologist with 5 years of experience in the environmental field. I have a passion for ecological restoration and was drawn to WLS to be able to make a difference in the environment. I genuinely enjoy seeing and being a part of the transformation streams and wetlands go through on our projects. During post-construction monitoring, I find great joy in finding salamanders, fish, birds, and all other little critters returning into a improved environment where they can thrive.
I am a NC native, born and raised in the mountains of western North Carolina. Growing up in the shadows of Dupont State Forest and the mighty French Broad River gave me a passion for conservation and restoration of the environment. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Ecosystems Assessment from North Carolina State University in 2014.
When work isn’t calling, I escape the city and can likely be found exploring and checking off visiting all of North Carolina’s state parks, from the mountains to the sea.
A graduate of Triangle Tech in Erie, PA, I have 26 years of experience in CAD design and plan production. I’ve spent the last three years focusing on stream restoration. My love for mountain biking and camping have made me all the more passionate about what WLS does for environmental preservation. I’m proud to be able to contribute to the preservation of the environment.
One of my favorite projects at WLS is the Scarborough Mitigation Bank. It has been such an exciting opportunity to help design the priority 2 single thread channel. I was able see my design go from the computer to real life!
In my free time I love spending time with my family and pets. I am also an avid music fan and love to go to as many concerts as possible. My current passion project is tending to my backyard pond with my daughter.
I joined WLS with 6 years of consulting experience providing ecological and survey related services for a range of clients. I am knowledgeable in all aspects of natural resource and ecosystem restoration projects, including geomorphic stream assessments and surveys, wetland and stream delineations, regulatory compliance (permitting and policy), mitigation banking, design, post-construction mitigation monitoring and as-builts, and aerial photography. I enjoy using my skill sets to solve complex natural resource projects with innovative solutions. I am very excited to be a part of a group of likeminded individuals with the WLS team!
I live in Columbus, Ohio but I never give up an opportunity to travel! My passion and appreciation for the outdoors and preserving natural resources developed from a young age. As a kid I spent my weekends camping with my family in Hocking Hills, Ohio and spent time working with my dad who was an arborist. While in college at the University of Kentucky, my appreciation for the natural environment grew as I took several trips to Red River Gorge to go hiking, climbing, and kayaking. I continued to pursue my passion by obtaining my Master of Environmental and Natural Resources degree from Ohio State University. Outside of work, I enjoy traveling, camping, hiking, kayaking, and anything outdoors.
I am a Senior Project Manager with WLS and have been active within the mitigation and ecological restoration industry for over 9 years. At WLS I am responsible for development and delivery of project tasks, regulatory coordination, and budget and schedule compliance for several mitigation banks and full delivery projects within North Carolina. In addition, I also provide management assistance to all project managers. Prior to working at WLS, I was a Project Manager at a large national mitigation firm where I developed and managed numerous mitigation banks and turn-key projects. Prior to working in the ecological restoration field, I was a science teacher for Wake County Public Schools.
My passion is working with the WLS team and seeing the group and projects really come together. I love to see younger co-workers grow and a really good team take formation.
I earned my Master of Science in Natural Resources from North Carolina State University and both a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science and a Master of Arts in Teaching in Science Education from Coastal Carolina University. When I’m not busy with WLS, I love travelling, music, cats, and enjoying the outdoors.